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Architects Journal
2 October 2003

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  • 2003 housing: a sarcasm odyssey

    I must congratulate you on a thought-provoking issue containing solutions to the housing crisis without the need for architects (AJ 25.9.03).
  • A question of cost

    The bipolar effects of the drive for cost efficiencies throughout construction were examined at a one-day AJ conference, sponsored by Heywood Williams.

  • All a-board

    Cardboard may be an unconventional structural material but to magma architecture it was totally appropriate
  • An exhibition structure made of cardboard

    working details
  • An inspector calls

    Katrine Sporle has been charged with making the Planning Inspectorate a leaner, more efficient organisation, and she believes she can make a real difference It is a safe bet that the Planning Inspectorate is currently a very unpopular organisation in the office of Chapman Taylor Architects.
  • ARB remit set to expand to protect 'duped' public

    The government has asked the ARB to take the first step towards protection of architectural function.
  • Archaos calls for transparency

    Student leaders have demanded that schools of architecture reveal their ARB/RIBA validation status, as thousands of freshers begin their courses ignorant of the issue.
  • Art and science

    Anthony Hill At Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Pied Bull Yard, 68 Great Russell St, London WC1, until 10 October

  • Belfast to get 'theatre for everyone'

    Arts Team@RHWL has won an international competition to create a 'theatre for everyone' at Belfast's Grand Opera House.
  • best new hotel in the 2003

    Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects' Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow (pictured) and Benetts Associates'City Inn Westminster are competing for the title of best new hotel in the 2003 European Hotel Design Awards.Sidell Gibson Partnership is also shortlisted for best guestroom design at Swissotel London and Jestico + Whiles is in the running for the best spa and leisure environment prize.Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects'Radisson SAS Hotel is also on the shortlist for the £25,000 RIA

    Cardiff landmarks such as the Castle, the City Hall and the Millennium Stadium (above) are fragmented in the photographs of German artist Thomas Kellner, which are on show at Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, until 9 November (Weds-Sun 11.00-17.00). Kellner will join in discussion with Touchstone editor Patrick Hannay at the gallery on Sunday 2 November,12.30.
  • Cambridge calls

  • competitions

    RIBA-APPROVED Details are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, email riba. competitions@mail. riba. org WATERSIDE HOUSING Expressions of interest are invited from architectural practices to design a new-build, mainly residential, development on a 2ha waterfront site in Leeds city centre. The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 13 October.
  • Conservationists launch fresh attack on Foster's Great Court

    Foster and Partners' Stirlingshortlisted British Museum Great Court became mired in further controversy last week as local conservationists demanded changes to the completed project.
  • Construction futures

    With a slowdown in the UK economy posing a major threat to spending, the outlook remains far from certain
  • Correction

    Contrary to our report last week (AJ 25.9.03), Alsop Architects has not joined the collaborative team of Lovejoy, RTKL and Buro Happold working on the Islands of Aqaba competition.
  • Country house ban confusion continues

    Your report on the real effect of the proposed removal of the country house exception from PPG 7 (now PPS 7) and Yvette Cooper's letter (AJ 25.9.03) does not quite get to the critical point.

  • Designing with cardboard

    Florian Förster of Buro Happold describes the basic principles of cardboard structural design As structural design with cardboard and paper products is not yet codified, the designer relies not only on empirical knowledge, project specific tests and the understanding of first principles of engineering but also on his willingness to take extra design responsibility.
  • diary

    London New Art at the Swiss Church 4,5,10, 11,17,18 October (15.00-18.00) and by appointment.A group show at 79 Endell St, WC2.Details Andy Pocklington 020 7836 1418.
  • DIFA tower plan contested by five

    Five of the UK's top practices are competing to design a skyscraper for the City of London, following Helmut Jahn's termination from the project earlier this year.

    CABE has unveiled a new online resource committed to design quality indicators.The website - www. dqi. org. uk - has details of the 86 'trailblazers', a series of case studies and online demonstrations.
  • Dundee honours Dr Gehry

    Frank Gehry was in fine fettle when he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee last Friday, writes Brian Edwards.Witty and urbane, he accepted the degree of Doctor of Law with characteristic modesty, extolling the students present to be themselves, trust their own instincts as designers and avoid borrowed ideology.

  • Ferguson craves clarity

    George Ferguson will call on the government to produce a definition of the much-used term 'sustainability' when he speaks at the Labour Party Conference today.

    Lynwood House by Shane Jell of MKA, inspired by its rocky surroundings, was the overall winner in the annual Ibstock Downland Prize for Architects, run by RIBA South East and RIBA South.Sponsored by Ibstock Brick, the competition is for projects under £500,000 from architects in the south of England. All of the winning and shortlisted projects are on show at the RIBA in Portland Place from 30 September to 6 October.
  • Foster & Rogers in lobbying drive

    Lords Foster and Rogers have thrown their collective weight behind a campaign to put design quality at the forefront of the government's Sustainable Communities Plan.
  • Government drive failing, says CPA

    The government has failed to meet many of its own targets to improve health and education buildings and social housing, the Construction Products Association (CPA) claimed this week.
  • Grimshaw's troubled Bath Spa to remain closed in 'faulty paint' row

    The opening of Grimshaw's blighted Bath Spa has been suspended indefinitely as the project descends into legal wrangling.

  • Haworth Tompkins Architects

    Haworth Tompkins Architects has revealed plans for a neighbourhood centre in south London for Coin Street Community Builders. The centre, on Stamford Street, SE1, will form the fourth side of the practice's Iroko Housing Cooperative and is due for completion in 2005.The project will include a family and children's centre with 60-place neighbourhood nursery and facilities for out-of-school activities, and a learning and enterprise support centre that will offer training, outreach work with loc
  • Hidden agenda to WMF's Battersea intervention

    Parkview International, developer of the Battersea Power Station site, is surprised to hear the World Monument Fund's (WMF) announcement that it intends to place the power station on its 100 most endangered list. A preservation programme and plans for the restoration of this landmark are already well under way.
  • Holiday haven

    Aldington & Craig's celebrated Anderton House near Barnstaple has new life as a holiday let for the Landmark Trust - its first Modern property



  • Locals to vote for Stockton bridge

    The backers of a major regeneration project in the North East have announced a stellar shortlist for a new pedestrian bridge in Stockton-on-Tees.
  • Madrid's prefab future onto a winner

    Jestico + Whiles has won a competition to design 200 prefabricated apartments and 10,000m 2of office and retail space in Madrid.

    English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation have found surplus public land in the South East for at least 1,600 new affordable homes, deputy prime minister John Prescott has announced.He has appointed the Genesis Housing Group and the Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association to oversee the developments.
  • New York 2012: a waste of time and effort of Olympian proportions

    Not content with having botched the open competition for the World Trade Center site, New York is now calling on architects to turn their attention to designing housing for 16,000 athletes and coaches during the 2012 Olympic Games, and for 18,000 New Yorkers thereafter. NYC2012, the committee leading New York's bid to become the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, is noticeably reticent about the status of the winning project. It has confirmed that, having made it through a 15 to 20-week pla
  • New York seeks entries for Olympic village first

    Backers of New York's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games have launched a design competition for an athletes' village to house the 16,000 competitors.
  • Our man in Norwich, London

    Alas, your sense of geography has deserted you. The Lasdun ziggurats, the library and the teaching wall that have 'won' listing are at the University of East Anglia and not at the University of East London, as stated (AJ 25.9.03).
  • people & practices

    John Bailey has been appointed chairman of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.At 38, he is the society's youngest ever chairman.
  • PFI reviewed

  • Q & A

    When and where were you born?
  • Quality counts

  • Quotable

  • Radical simplicity

    David Chipperfield: Architectural Works 1990-2002 Ediciones Polígrafa, 2003. 343pp. £59
  • Reducing the cutting-edge to sawing logs

    This should be one for the new-fangledcomputer-nonsense-bah elder partner. It is TechnologyWatch at www. technologywatch. info. This is the online service of IT Construction Best Practice (ITCBP), is partly funded by the DTI and is part of the Rethinking Construction campaign.So it should be pretty useful.
  • Ring cycle

  • ring the changes

  • RTKL

    RTKL has unveiled images of its new hotel and residential building in the UAE. The project, in Dubai, consists of two towers wrapped within a blue glass skin. The first 35-storey tower forms a 160-room five-star hotel with 60 serviced apartments.The second rises to 40-storeys and contains 260 private apartments. The scheme, which also includes a four-storey glass-covered connecting courtyard between the towers, featuring landscaping, cafes, restaurants and retail outlets, is due for completio
  • Stockport in masterplan furore

    The winner of a competition to masterplan Stockport's town centre has condemned the local council after it issued a fresh OJEC notice for the same site.
  • Street-Porter rages against architect's over-spend on new home

    Janet Street-Porter has launched a blistering attack against the 'cutting-edge architect' behind her new Clerkenwell home - known to be celebrity designer David Adjaye.
  • Students and young architects invited to AIA London charrette

    A design for a building or structure on the Thames is the subject of this year's student/young architect charrette, organised by the London chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Saturday 18 October.
  • Students shouldn't go along with the stylistic supremacy

    When a new student begins their course of study in architecture I hope they already have a passion for the subject.This would normally be displayed through travel, drawings and reading. The school, which should be open to anyone regardless of academic qualifications, should expect nothing less than passion.

    l Construction output in the second quarter of 2003 was 5 per cent higher than the previous quarter, and 7 per cent higher than the second quarter 2002.
  • Taxing times

  • Testing our metal

    With regards to Metalworks, pages 6 and 7 (AJ 25.9.03), presumably the structural steel deck is not, as shown, continuous from external overhang to internal roof.
  • The best surprise is a roll-out surprise for go-ahead Holiday Inn

    Holiday Inn has led a sheltered life but also a relatively short one - so much so that it seems like more than 50 years since Kemmons Wilson opened his first hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. In fact it seemed to surprise many of the guests attending last year's muted celebrations that the reason for them was that Holiday Inn had clocked up its first half century. These days you could still believe that 'The World's Innkeeper' was somewhat older than that, and its motto, 'The best surprise is no s
  • The speed of arbitration gives us all a sporting chance

    For those involved in building disputes it is easy to forget that arbitration is far more widely used than in just construction, shipping and rent reviews. A look further afield shows just how powerful and flexible a tool arbitration can be. An article about the proposed arbitration arrangements for the 2008 Olympics that recently appeared in Arbitration, the journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, amply illustrates this.
  • Tough time

  • vital statistics

    lOxfordshire's determination to catch up with Cambridgshire as a breeding ground for hi-tech business is bearing fruit, science minister Lord Sainsbury has claimed. According to his department, the county has more than 1,400 technology firms employing 40,000 people.
  • Way to go

    DiverseCity - Celebrating Diversity in Architecture At the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, until 4 October
  • We are not a mews

    Little-used space behind the client's shops on Camberwell New Road in south London has become the site for three new houses for rent. Required not to overlook the residential units above the shops, MMM Architects has turned its back on these units, adopting the mews-like character of a single-aspect terrace, though here set on the pavement edge of the street behind Camberwell New Road.
  • who said what

    'Are we really going to have an illuminated halo in the sky, when a lot of people in Barnsley can't afford to pay the electric?'
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